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take out the hard driveconnect hard drive to pc (running windows 7 64bit, but any windows os should work without other software)open up disk management - in win7 it asked me to make a master boot record, so I did.format in NTSF - that's right, NTSF - don't use quick formatshut down pc, take out hd, take usb drive tooput hd back in ps3, put usb stick in ps3boot ps3a screen will pop-up saying the hard disk have to be formattedhold start + Select for 5 sec.After formatting the system will restart and the update will start installing configure your ps3 setup - done
it may be bad sector on HD or bad firmware update... first thing I would do is try to rollback firmware or reupdate firmware... Then take a look at the HD.... you may also try resetting it back to start on settings menu however you will lose everything saved. Other than that you may want to look into replacing the HDD in the PS3.
I think your problem is due to a Firmware glitch. Try reformatting your hard disk under 'System Setting'. After that, download the latest Firmware update to a USB flash drive, and update it via Storage Device under 'Update'. This should get your Ps3 up and running properly in no time
I hope this helps!
Your hard drive has a problem and needs to be formatted. this has happened to me twice already but not with the original hard drive that came with the ps3, I changed mine to a 500 gig drive which had the problems.
the bad news is that you have lost everything that you saved onto the drive and need to reformat and reinstall the ps3 operating system.
If you go through the system settings there is an option to format the drive. Do that. Then you need to get a USB flash drive, and follow the steps below
Download the update and save the file to a compatible storage device such as Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, a USB or PSP.
Before starting, use your PC to create a folder named "PS3" in the storage media or USB. In this folder, create a folder named "UPDATE" (the folder name is case sensitive and must appear in capital letters). Once the UPDATE folder is created, download and store the update for PS3 system software.
Once the update saved, remove the storage media and connect to your PS3 via the slots under the slot cover, or USB, depending on the storage medium used.
Once the storage media connected, go to Settings on the home menu of the PS3, select System Update, then update via Storage Media. Select the storage media connected to the PS3 installs the update data stored there.
I received this today and first I downloaded the update via the web on your computer to a USB flash drive. Once downloaded create the folders PS3 and the folder UPDATE within PS3. PS3\UPDATE. Move downloaded file into the UPDATE folder. (folders must be in CAPS). Then when the unit is off press and hold the power button until it beeps 3 times. A menu should come up on the screen. Select the option that states update system software (I believe its 6). The unit will update via the flash drive. After that the unit will restart and should be updated and working.
Your problem may be more widespread than just that one file. The file system on your hard drive may be corrupt. You can try to reformat the entire hard drive in an attempt to remove all the errors in the PS3 data, or you can buy a new hard drive. You may have to replace the hard drive if the hard drive is failing, and therefore not reading or writing data properly.
To reformat the drive, in the PS3 menu: NOTE: This will erase everything you saved on the hard drive.
1) Go to the Settings menu, then select System Settings. 2) Select Format Utility, then select Format Hard Disk. 3) Select Quick Format
replace the Hard Drive, buy any 2.5 inch notebook hard drive that has a
serial ATA connection. Then remove the old hard drive from the left
side of the PS3 and install the new hard drive.
After installing the new Hard Drive you will need to format the drive. When you turn on the PS3, you will see onscreen instructions to help you with this.
If you can still access the PS3 menu, then reformat your hard drive by going to:
Settings > System Settings > Format Utility > Format Hard Disk
If you cannot, then you can try: 1) Remove the Hard drive, connect it to a PC and reformat it. 2) Download the latest PS3 operating system from the Playstation website and store it on a USB drive. Then insert the USB drive into the PS3 and start the PS3, and then install the operating system from the USB.
This issue caused major problems for me. I reformatted the drive/os twice and was about to put this in the trash as I could not update firmware nor get game updates. I went hard wire as well as wireless. I powered down everything overnite as some fixes suggested. I down loaded onto a USB thumb drive several times all failing to the grand 8002F997. All to no avail. I tried one last thing I hopped onto a local wi-fi that was free and not password protected. Bada Bing, firmware took, game updates took and I am downloading all the previous games I purchased online. Funny thing is that I do not have a problem playing online games on my network ?!?!?!?!